Software Eases In Vehicle And Bench Testing

Touted as a powerful tool for automotive testing in vehicles and on test benches, HMS Industrial Networks’ launches version 5 of the IXXAT Automotive Configuration Tool (ACT) for the IXXAT FRC platform. Paired with the IXXAT hardware platforms FRC-EP 190 and FRC-EP 170, version 5 of IXXAT ACT forms a solution for testing automotive bus systems and devices.


Logging and visualization are supported, and complex Residual Bus Simulation (RBS) and gateway applications using Matlab/Simulink can be achieved. User specific code can also be implemented. On the hardware-side, the FRC-EPs include a stand-alone microcontroller system and interfaces for CAN, CAN FD, FlexRay, LIN, EtherCAT, and Automotive Ethernet.

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In addition to the data logger functionality, CAN/CAN FD gateways can now be implemented with the new freeware version and functions for data visualization on HTML5-capable devices (tablet, smartphone) are available. Furthermore, user specific functions can be implemented using C user code elements and the generic Ethernet interface of the hardware platforms is supported. A Generic Ethernet protocol interface enables transmission of CAN data via Ethernet, which, for example, can be used to link automotive test benches with cloud-based simulation environments. To use the freeware version, users need one of the two FRC hardware platforms.


Besides the freeware version, the ACT tool is offered in a Lite version with Matlab/Simulink and EtherCAT support, and in a Standard version with full functionality. The standard version includes a RBS functionality that provides a simulation environment for testing single or multiple ECUs independent of other network participants. Also, functions for signal manipulation via XCPonEthernet, for example, are included. Version 5 also supports Fibex 3.x, 4.x and AutosarXML and has full PDU support. Signal manipulation is now possible on all connected bus systems and is no longer limited to buses under the control of the RBS.


For more information, visit the ACT page, or call HMS Industrial Networks Inc. at 603-471-0800 and/or [email protected].

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